Research Support Grants & Recipients

Research Support Grant Program

Each fall, the Maine Women Writers Collection solicits applications for its Research Support Grant Program, intended for faculty members, independent researchers, and graduate students at the dissertation stage who are actively pursuing research that requires, or would benefit from, access to the holdings of the Maine Women Writers Collection. 

Cover sheet with applicant's name, address, e-mail address and telephone number.

Applications should include the following:MWWC Research Support Grants range between $250 and $1000, and may be used for transportation, housing, and research-related expenses.

  • Present status and institutional affiliation (if any)
  • Working title of the project
  • Length of proposed research visit to the MWWC  (minimum of one week)
  • List of financial support previously received for the project
  • Proposed budget (not to exceed $1000)
  • A one-page description of the project. Successful applicants will demonstrate their project's relevance to the unique holdings of the MWWC, as well as the significance to their field of study
  • Curriculum vitae of no more than three pages
  • Graduate students should also arrange to have a letter of reference sent directly to the MWWC. This letter should speak to the applicant's scholarly experience, ability, and promise.

Applications will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary panel of staff from the MWWC and faculty from the University of New England.

Recipients will be asked to write a brief, 250-word report on their research and to contribute to the MWWC a copy of any publications resulting from research in the Collection.

Deadline for 2013-14 applications: December 2, 2013

Please send applications to:

Cathleen Miller, Curator
Maine Women Writers Collection
University of New England
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, Maine 04103-2670
cmiller10@une.edu

Email submissions preferred; hard copies accepted.

Questions may be directed to:

Cathleen Miller, MWWC, (207) 221-4334, or cmiller10@une.edu

Jennifer S. Tuttle, Dorothy M. Healy Cair, MWWC, (207) 221-4433, or jtuttle@une.edu

Prior Research Grant Recipients:

2012-2013
Kelsey Squire, Ohio Dominican University, "Relocating Regional Literature"

Faith Barrett, Lawrence University, "Poems and Parodies: Voice-Effects and the Profession of Poetry in Nineteenth-Century America"

2011-2012
Lisa Botshon, University of Maine at Augusta, "They Took to the Land: Maine Middlebrow Women Homesteaders"

Dorri Beam, Independent Scholar, "Margaret Sweat and Romantic Sexualities"

2010-2011
Alexandra Socarides, University of Missouri, "The Politics of Recovery: Rethinking the Disappearance of American Women's Poetry"

Jennifer Putzi, The College of William and Mary, "Reproving Female Authorship: Elizabeth Akers Allen and the 'Rock Me to Sleep' Controversy"
2008-2009
Elizabeth Bischof, University of Southern Maine, "Focusing on Home: Chansonetta Stanley Emmons’ Maine"

Rebecca Jaroff, Ursinus College, "Elizabeth Oakes Smith, an Antebellum Maine Regionalist Writer"

2007-2008
Melanie Gustafson, University of Vermont, "Harriet Hubbard Ayer and Blanche Willis Howard: Educating Women for Success"

Scott Slawinski, Western Michigan University, "Sally Wood: The Life and Works of Maine’s First Gothic Novelist"

2006-2007
Karen A. Weyler, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Scholarly edition of Sally Sayward Barrell Keating Wood’s Dorval

Jennifer Putzi, The College of William and Mary, "Female Genius in the Correspondence of Elizabeth Stoddard and Margaret Jane Mussey Sweat"

2005-2006
Rita Bode, Trent University, “Harriet Prescott Spofford, Writer and Friend”

Kelly L. Lankford, Grand Valley State University, “Josephine Peary: Beyond the North Pole”

2004-2005
Janet Galligani Casey, Skidmore College, "Gladys Hasty Carroll and the Popularization of Rurality"

Ann M. Ingram, Davidson College, "The Culture of Flowers in Nineteenth Century America"

2003-2004
Mary Chapman, University of British Columbia, "'Treacherous Texts': American Suffrage Literature, 1848-1945"

Denise M. Kohn, Greensboro College, Scholarly edition of Christine: or The Trials and Triumphs of Woman, by Laura Curtis Bullard

2002-2003
Kathrine C. Aydelott, University of Connecticut, "Maine Stream: A Bibliographic Study of the Critical Reception of Sarah Orne Jewett"

Carrie J. Cole, University of Maryland, "The 'Social' Work of Women: Kate Douglas Wiggin and Women's Charitable Speaking Engagements, 1895-1925"

Carolyn Gage, Playwright and Independent Scholar, "Lizzie Borden and Sarah Orne Jewett Play"

Susan D. Franzosa, University of New Hampshire, "Grey Days and Gold: A Biography of Kate Douglas Wiggin"

2001-2002
Patricia Pierce Erikson, Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, "Women Authoring Space in the 'Public Sphere' of Discovery"

Rose Marasco, University of Southern Maine, "Margaret Jane Mussey Sweat, 1823-1908," Photograph exhibition at the MWWC and the Portland Museum of Art